Nutrition for the Older Adult, 2nd Edition Course

Credits: 20
Course Expiration: September 25, 2020
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE
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This course provides a detailed discussion on the demographics of aging including minority groups and a thorough discussion of the theories and physiology of aging and genetics of longevity.

There are detailed reviews of:

  • Body system changes with aging, with specific focus on all body organs.
  • Macronutrients, fluid balance, alcohol, vitamins and minerals and their function and utilization in the older adult.
  • Health promotion and disease prevention with focus on agencies, cultural diversity, and physical activity.
  • Clinical focus on the nutritional assessment process including screening, anthropometry, biochemical data, clinical assessment, dietary assessment, and the various tools needed to adequately complete the assessment process.
  • Diseases and conditions in the older adult including assessment and treatment recommendations including gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease, renal and genitourinary disease, and endocrine and metabolic conditions.
  • Recommendations for assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders and diseases related to oral health, wound healing, skeletal health, obesity, and malnutrition
  • Pharmacology for the older adult including medication uses, classes of medications, and conditions impacting the effectiveness of medications in the older adult.
  • Nutrition support, decision making in choosing support methods, and end of life nutrition.

Course includes hard copy book and 1 certificate.

Already have the book? Under “Product Options” simply choose “Additional Certificate” to purchase the CPE Self-Study Program.

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After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Understand the demographics of the aging population and identify the specific nutritional concerns for each cultural group.
  2. Understand physiology of aging as it relates to changes in body systems during the aging process.
  3. Identify the specific macronutrient, vitamin, and mineral needs of the older adult.
  4. Identify the services available to meet the needs of the older adult and the aging population.
  5. Understand nutrition screening and nutrition assessment protocols used for the aging population.
  6. Describe how diseases and medical conditions impact the older adult.
  7. Describe and implement appropriate nutrition intervention and monitoring appropriate for diseases and medical conditions affecting the older adult
  8. Identify medication effects and interactions as they relate to nutrition for the older adult.
  9. Evaluate and choose nutrition support methods as appropriate.

This course is intended for: RDNs, CDEs, and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 136490     Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 2

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 3005 Nutrition Assessment and Diagnosis
  • 4190 Elderly nutrition
  • 5040 Long-term, intermediate, assisted living
  • 5280 Nutrient deficiencies, failure to thrive

Additional Learning Needs Codes that may apply (including but not limited to): 1040, 2070, 2090, 3000, 4000, 5000

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
  • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
  • 10.2.4 Integrates foundational dietetics knowledge with critical appraisal of assessment data to diagnose nutrition problems (using problem solving, etiology, signs and symptoms (PES) statements) which can be resolved or improved through treatment or nutrition intervention.
  • 10.2.8 Establishes the plan of care, directly addressing the nutrition diagnosis in collaboration with the patient in defining the time, frequency and duration of the intervention.

Additional Performance Indicators may apply (including but not limited to): 8.1.4, 8.2.2, 8.3.6, 10.1.2, 10.2.4, 10.2.6, 12.2.1

Additional Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

Melissa Bernstein, PhD, RD, LD, FAND 
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, IL

Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN, FAND
Clinical Nutrition Manager
Genesis HealthCare, LLD
Kennet Square, PA